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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

I'm hoping for all those who live in the states that as you get ready for the holiday, whether celebrating on your own, with a few loved ones, or with a big group of people that you take a few moments to reflect on all the things that you are thankful for. One of the keys to being happy is to focus on what we have instead of what we don't have.

So here's my list of things that I'm thankful for:
1. I'm here and still have my health. Every day that I'm alive and breathing is a wonderful gift. Even though I'm still young, I'm realizing more and more what a precious gift life is. It's not something to be squandered or taken for granted.
2. My daughter. Even though I have my challenges with her, she is still the best gift ever. I love her so much and I know she loves me. I love how close we are.
3. My parents. They have been so supportive of me and my biggest cheerleaders. Very blessed to have them in my life.
4. My family. Even though I lost a few members this year, I still have plenty of family members left and grateful for them. I'm proud of the ones who are doing well in life, pray for the ones who are struggling, and happy for the ones who've been there for me when I needed it. Very blessed and love you guys!
5. My friends. The real ones. One thing I've said before is that the bad times show you who really is your friend. I lost one today, but then I realized, she hasn't been my friend for quite some time. I've been there for her, but she's not been there for me and sometimes life changes a person. It's made me more compassionate, but some, it seems to have an opposite effect. So I'm not crying over the loss, but focusing on the ones who really matter. The ones where it's a 2 way street and we are rooting for each other. I'm always looking to shrink my numbers so I can focus more on the ones who I enjoy the most.
6. A roof over my head! With so many experiencing homelessness, I become more and more appreciative of the fact that I still have one. I can't remember which friend told me this, but a mobile home is still a home. It's my home. It's my sanctuary after a rough day and very grateful for it.
7. That I have heat. With the cold winter we've been experiencing so far and it's only November So every day I have heat is a good day.
8. I have a job!!!! I'm so thankful to have a job with benefits again and a boss that is so flexible with needing time off to do my Mommy stuff. When he told me yesterday that I will not have to use PTO when I leave work early so long as I'm averaging 40 hour weeks, that made my day! I'm back to little PTO time for the year and I would like to use them all for full days off if I can.
9. I have a reliable car that gets good gas mileage.
10. We always have something to eat. Caley and I never go hungry.
11. Clothes to wear and have even more now because my aunt has been passing stuff down to me. She's always very gracious about it, but like I told her, they are new to me and I'm very happy and thankful!
12. I'm regaining my mobility.

What are you thankful for?

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KOFFEENUT 11/27/2014 11:57AM

    What a wonderful list of things to be thankful for - and it reminded ME of some things I might have overlooked in my own life! Hope you have a TERRIFIC Thanksgiving!
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LIMOM2TWINS 11/27/2014 11:30AM

    emoticons like you who send encouragement my way & for my family and friends

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TRAVELGO 11/27/2014 11:10AM

  Thank you for sharing your many blessings.

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On the road to recovery hopefully

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I've been kind of MIA. My last blog was in September. I've been very focused on getting a new adventure started. That occurred on Halloween day when the company I've been working as a temp for offered me a permanent position. So that has been one less stressor off my plate.

All that was left then was to tackle my ankle issue. It's been a long hard road, but with the right socks and inserts, I'm finally starting to make some strides. Hoping this sticks and I can start working back to an exercise routine again.

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ANGELN325 11/27/2014 8:38AM

    You guys are all so sweet! I've responded to you all individually.

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LIMOM2TWINS 11/26/2014 8:32AM

    YEAH! so happy for you! Missed you emoticon.

Happy emoticon Day -I hope you, Carly and your family have a fabulous one!!

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MRSRIGS1 11/25/2014 8:59PM

    Congratulations on the job offer!!! WOO-HOO!! I'm still working at the same place as a temp but the boss man says when the New Year rolls in, he's going to make an offer. At this time, I'm too expensive to buy out my contract from the agency. So, hopefully, I can take that stress off my plate too! emoticon

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HARROWJET 11/25/2014 5:36PM

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GINGKO711 11/25/2014 2:29PM

    Good luck with the ankle issue! Injured joints are a real obstacle to most sorts of exercise.


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KOFFEENUT 11/25/2014 1:58PM

    Way to go on earning that full time position! Ankles can be tricky - you're smart to take it easy and see what it can handle. Overdoing can result in damage that REALLY takes a long time to heal!

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ARNETTELEE 11/25/2014 1:49PM

  Welcome back! Happy sparking!

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SUBMOM2 11/25/2014 1:47PM

    I'm glad you are back in action! Congratulations on the full-time position, and best of luck as the ankle recovers. Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Happy Labor Day weekend

Friday, August 29, 2014

I wanted to wish everyone in the US a great holiday weekend. This Labor Day will have significant meaning to me for several reasons:
1. I used to go up north Labor Day weekend and spend time with my Uncle George, but he is no longer with us. emoticon So it will be sad for that reason.
2. I'm working as a temp so I work hard and without benefits. I'm happy I will have off that Monday, but it will be without pay.
3. I'm working hard towards my goal to be healthy. This will be a good weekend for self-care and recommitting myself to those goals.
4. After Labor Day weekend, Caley goes back to school which will be great and stressful at the same time. Life will definitely pick up.
5. People are counting on me for Girl Scouts and I need to get back into that swing.
6. I'm also taking advantage of my last severance package benefit which is Right Management Outplacement so that's another thing on my plate.

It's no surprise why my immune system is faltering and why I'm getting over illness again not to mention tired now and then. So I will be relaxing this weekend and at the same time gearing up for the busy weeks ahead. What about you? What do you have going on?

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ANGELN325 9/5/2014 6:21PM

    Thank you. I have replied on your spark page.

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MRSRIGS1 9/4/2014 8:32PM

    I'm sorry for your loss. May your uncle rest in peace. I, too, am temping. I had neck surgery a few months ago and shoulder surgery several years prior. I have been unemployed for 7 years the end of this month! It has been a long and difficult road not only in recovery but financially. You hang in there! I hope you enjoyed your long weekend!

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ANGELN325 9/2/2014 5:56AM

    Thank you for the wonderful responses. I have replied to each of you personally.

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JUNEAU2010 8/30/2014 9:14PM

    Sounds as if you need this rest day, but I sure understand the absence of pay and absence of loved ones.

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KOFFEENUT 8/30/2014 1:14AM

    Take care of yourself over this long weekend and build some awesome memories with your family!

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MOM2ACAT 8/29/2014 5:30PM

    Mine will be a relaxing weekend at home; this week has been pretty stressful, and I've had 3 appointments within the last 4 days. Just looking forward to relaxing and unwinding!

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BMCOLLEY 8/29/2014 4:19PM

    Think positive about the things you will be facing in the coming future. Remember, what you spend the most time on become a part of you. emoticon

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HARROWJET 8/29/2014 3:59PM

    Enjoy your time off. Rest up for what lies ahead as we get back to our Autumn routines.


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SUNSHINE99999 8/29/2014 3:57PM

  thank you. Enjoy the weekend! emoticon

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Day 2 and feeling good.

Friday, August 22, 2014

So I've done 2 days of the probiotic and 2 days of the orange smooth and today I tried one of the bars (lemon cranberry) and so far, I'm doing good. I've not noticed anything significant yet, but I'm not feeling bad either. I don't care for the lemon/cranberry combo, but I love how big the cranberries are in the bar. I wish it was just a cranberry bar! Luckily, the lemon isn't too strong and while the bar seemed small, it was very satisfying. My ankle is still healing, but at least my arches aren't hurting. Just going to keep on trucking. Have a great weekend everybody!

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ANGELN325 8/25/2014 8:04AM

    Thank you for all the comments. I've replied to each of you personally. I've done the orange smooth and will be doing the probiotic shortly.

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MOM2ACAT 8/23/2014 4:21PM

    Glad it's going good so far!

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SUBMOM2 8/22/2014 11:38PM

    I hope the ankle continues to get better.

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JUNEAU2010 8/22/2014 6:45PM

    I love lemon and cranberry, but that is an Odd combo!

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I'm so excited!!!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Tonight when I came home, I noticed a package on my door step and it was from SparkPeople. I opened it up and I was selected to try out some products from Metamucil. I had put my hat in the ring, but it had been awhile back and kind of forgot about it, but when I opened the package up, I instantly jumped up and down for joy ( ankle hasn't healed yet)! I have a 30 day supply of 2 of the products which I have to do for 30 days and then I have another product that I can try when I feel like. I will get a survey later on where I get to sound off what I think.

I'm so happy because I eat their wafer bars so it will be interesting to see how this goes and hopefully if enough of us have good results, we will have some more products on the market. This has really fired me up more than I already am to get where I need to go. It's the simple things really isn't it that just make us think....

I got some stuff for my flat feet and ankle and I did a test run today and no pain in my ankle and my arches were not killing me today. I'm going to do another little test run tomorrow. I forgot my tracker so I want to see what happens when I hit the elusive 3000 steps. That seems to be when the pain comes.

I'm very proud of myself. Even though I'm not happy with the inches gained or the scale at the 200 mark, I'm proud of the small victories I'm seeing. This has been the worse year personally. I've lost 3 relatives all within a 3 month period. I'm trying to rebuild my life after losing a job I had for 11 years. I'm just a temp and the hours are not the best. They actually suck because it's really bumming my daughter out. She misses me so much, but we make the best of it. Then to top it off. I have this dippy ankle injury! Last year, this would have easily been a 15 to 20 lb gain, but somehow I'm holding the line and trying to make things happen.

I'm tired of injuries holding me back. I'm tired of watching on the sidelines and seeing people I respect achieve goals that deep down I know I'm capable of.

I look at my dad and he's getting so heavy again and he's getting sick again and I hear he's not eating well from my daughter and it makes me sad and angry because he should be taking better care of himself and I realize that if I don't get my act together, that will be me in 20+ years, but worse, because my mobility is at stake. Anyone who knows me, my independence is everything to me.

I look at my daughter and I know she needs me at my best and I know that right now, I'm her hero because I'm not a quitter. I keep fighting. I keep going. It doesn't matter what aches or pains I have, I try to work around it and that makes me feel good.

So I'm fired up. I'm ready. Let the games begin!

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MCJOYFUL 8/28/2014 5:20PM

    You are doing so good! Congrats on being selected to try the new products. Keep us posted.

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ANGELN325 8/22/2014 1:39PM

    Thank you guys. I've responded personally to each of you.

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MOM2ACAT 8/21/2014 4:28PM

    Congrats on your win!

Congrats on your small victories too, those are just as important as the big ones, they are what helps to keep us going!

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JUNEAU2010 8/21/2014 3:07PM

    Thank you for sharing the picture with the comment about lapping those on the couch. I needed that. You are finding out you are stronger than you have given yourself credit for being. I predict great things ahead for you!

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